The Getty and City of Los Angeles launch the Los Angeles African American Historic Places Project

Los Angeles, a city founded by Mexican settlers of largely African descent, is home to numerous vibrant historically Black neighborhoods. And in some of these neighborhoods, namely Hyde Park, Leimert Park, and Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw, there are major efforts underway to preserve, protect, and celebrate the city’s considerable Black heritage. However, this legacy is not necessarily reflected in the city’s official historic designation programs as just three percent of the 1,200 city-recognized local landmarks (Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Landmarks) have links to African American heritage.

To remedy this stark discrepancy, the Getty Conservation Institute, working in close collaboration with the Office of Historic Resources (OHR) within Los Angeles’ Department of City

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